Size proliferation was just one of the factors that caused a lot of tire retailers to get out of the known used tire business after the fallout from the recall.

Defining Safe Used Tires: Fear of the Unknown May Eliminate Them From the Aftermarket

Now that my father has been out the tire business for almost a decade, he’s learning all kinds of interesting details regarding our after hours activities at the shop when we were kids. One of my personal favorites was the practice of strategically positioning scrap tires in the scrap tire trailer so they could be easily retrieved and installed on a friend’s car.

If autonomous vehicles become more viable, factors such as subjective handling and steering will be less important.

Is Our Love Affair With the Car Over?

Leonardo Da Vinci may have been the first person to love his car. He invented the first self-propelled vehicle in 1478. Had it ever advanced past the drawing board stage,  however, it would have been driverless. The invention had neither a steering wheel nor a seat! Da Vinci was evidently fond of the vehicle, not driving it.


Donation to Support Law Enforcement/Community Relations

On behalf of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL), I would like to thank you for your support. As the recipient from Alpio Barbara of Redwood General Tire, your 2016 Tire Dealer of the Year, your donation of $4,750 is an investment in the youth of San Mateo County.

Figure 1: Locating the TPMS reset switch. (All art courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

TPMS: 2006-2016 Toyota Tacoma

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of the 2006-2016 Toyota Tacoma is designed to provide warning when tire inflation pressure of one or more tires (including the spare tire) is low. A tire pressure monitor valve sub-assembly equipped with a tire pressure sensor/transmitter is installed in each tire and wheel assembly.

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